New Jersey Announces 90-Day Mortgage Payment Grace Period
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New Jersey governor Phil Murphy on Saturday announced a 90-day mortgage payment grace period for borrowers economically impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.
- “This grace period CANNOT and WILL NOT be used to downgrade anyone’s credit rating,” hesaid on Twitter, adding that lenders will wave any late fees or other costs that might arise because of the grace period. “These financial institutions have also committed to not initiating foreclosure cases or eviction proceedings for at least 60 days”
South Africa Is Short on Flu Vaccine, Compounding Coronavirus Fight
South Africa said it has received an inadequate amount of flu vaccine, compounding the problems the country faces in fighting the spread of the coronavirus, which has some similar symptoms.
The vaccines were ordered a year in advance, and the required number wasn’t anticipated, the Ministry of Health said in an e-mailed statement. Health workers will be prioritized to receive the tests, because the country can’t afford for them to fall sick., it said
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases has risen to 1,187, up from Friday’s tally of 1,170.
“We must outrightly state that these numbers do not indicate” a slowdown in the rate of infection, the ministry said. “It is merely a reflection of positive results that were received, verified and ready for today’s reporting.”
Tom Hanks Returns to U.S. After Virus Isolation in Australia
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Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and his actress wife, Rita Wilson, have returned to the U.S. after testing positive for the coronavirus and self-isolating in Australia earlier this month.
“We carry on with sheltering in place and social distancing,” Hanks wroteon Twitter. “Many, many thanks to everyone in Australia who looked after us.”
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Cristiano Ronaldo and His Juventus Teammates Get Their Salaries Cut
Juventus Football Club SpA, home to star player Cristiano Ronaldo, reached a deal with players and its coach Maurizio Sarri to reduce compensation as the virus outbreak forced Italy’s Serie A and other leagues to halt games.
The soccer team owned by the Agnelli family will cut players’ salaries for an amount equal to the monthly wages of March, April, May and June, the company said in a statement late Saturday. A spokesman for Juventus confirmed that the measure applies to Ronaldo and all team players.
Juventus will save about 90 million euros ($100 million) for the 2019-2020 financial year. The deal will be completed in the coming weeks, the company added.
The Agnelli family, which has owned Juventus for more than 90 years, also controls Ferrari N.V. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. Its holding company Exor NV owns 64% of Juventus. Andrea Agnelli, the cousin of Exor CEO John Elkann, has been chairman of Juventus since 2010.
Italy’s coronavirus deaths surpassed 10,000 on Saturday even as the contagion’s spread remained relatively stable.
Europe’s hardest-hit country had 889 new fatalities in the past 24 hours, health authorities said, with a slight decline from Friday’s record. New cases rose marginally to 5,974, bringing the total count of patients in the country to 92,472.
Brunei reports first coronavirus death
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Reuters) – Brunei reported its first coronavirus death on Saturday, that of a 64-year-old man.
Brunei has reported 115 cases of the virus so far, some of which were linked to a religious gathering in Malaysia that authorities said had been attended by about 16,000 people.
The man who died had not attended the gathering but had a history of travel to Malaysia and Cambodia.
New York Postpones Democratic Vote Amid Virus: Campaign Update
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state is postponing its presidential primary as New York grapples with the coronavirus pandemic and the highest number of detected cases in the nation.
At a news conference on Saturday, Cuomo provided updated figures on New York’s Covid-19 cases and said that because of the growing numbers, he had decided to move the state’s presidential primary from April 28 to June 23, a date when elections for state offices had already been planned.
Cuomo cited the need to protect voters and election officials from congregating at polling places and furthering the spread of the virus.
The Democratic governor’s move followed a recommendation this week by the New York State Elections Commissioners’ Association, which represents the state’s 62 county election boards, that the primary be postponed.
A dozen U.S. states and territories have now postponed their Democratic nominating contests, including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Maryland.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, who has the Democratic nomination all but wrapped up, and Senator Bernie Sanders will both appear on political talk shows Sunday morning.